Drum&Bass hasn’t seen a breakthrough act like this in years, operating entirely independently and proudly making their music from left of centre, what Hybrid Minds (Josh White & Matt Lowe) are doing is brave and different and it’s starting to pay dividends.
The music industry was somewhat surprised when this humble UK drum&bass duo sold out the 4,000 capacity London venue Printworks in quick fashion, however the music industry was well and truly shocked when they sold out their follow up London headline show at the renowned Brixton Academy venue, 6 months in advance! Selling tickets like this as quickly as this, only goes to prove that Hybrid Minds have built up a truly passionate and dedicated following, and word is spreading… FAST.
Despite the pandemic, 2020 was still a year of great progress for Hybrid Minds. The guys joined the exclusive 1 million monthly listeners club on Spotify and saw their club anthem “Touch” rack up over 20 million streams on Spotify alone. Other releases included a well-received collaboration with DRS titled “Don’t Ever”, which was heavily supported by Mistajam at BBC Radio 1 amongst others. BBC Radio 1’s support didn’t stop there… with support from Annie Mac for their remix of Above & Beyond’s “Love Is Not Enough” and even an Essential Mix for Pete Tong. The year came to a close with another tick off the bucket list when the guys collaborated with Belgian superstar Netsky on “Let Me Hold You”. Arguably one of the biggest drum&bass hits of the year, breaking the Top 10 in Belgium too, thanks to extensive playlist support from Studio Brussels. To make up for the lack of shows in 2020 (due to the pandemic) the guys also welcomed an approach from Kiss FM, who offered them their own prime time weekly show on one of London’s biggest FM radio stations, given Kiss’ dance music heritage it was an offer they couldn’t refuse, and the guys have really enjoyed the experience.
At the start of 2021 the duo embarked on a sell-out New Zealand tour before completing an impressive collection of festival shows in the UK, playing to packed out audiences at Reading, Leeds, Creamfields, and Drumsheds alongside Pendulum – where they celebrated their collab, Louder Than Words (to name a few).
Ahead of its release, Hybrid Minds dropped two tracks from their EP. It’s primary release, Bad To Me Ft. the incredibly talented Grace Grundy saw editorial playlist adds across Spotify and Apple Music, spins on George FM, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Kiss FM UK, Kiss Dance, Kiss Fresh, Studio Brussels, FM4, triple j, Capital Dance and Apple Music, where the pair were described as leaders in the scene by Zane Lowe during a 20 minute interview. If that wasn’t enough, Dance Forever Ft. indie-pop duo, Everyone You Know saw the duo change up their sound for a nostalgic festival anthem, resulting in props from Billboard as well as those supporters listed above.
Now completing the EP with new additions Blame You Ft. Dylan, Fire Ft. Stevie Parker and Let Go Ft. Grimm, Hybrid Minds drop one of their most impressive pieces of work yet – the Reflections EP. Fire is an emotive liquid drum and bass weapon brimming with glistening keys and soulful vocals from Stevie Parker. Let Go continues with alluring melodies, partnering playful synth structures with beautiful words from Grimm. Whilst it’s focus track, Blame You, co-written with the guys by Holly Humberstone and Frances, sees Hybrid Minds return to their roots where they’ve been embracing crowds singing back the heartfelt topline on dancefloors this autumn. If this wasn’t enough, Hybrid Minds celebrated their EP release by performing their sold out headline Brixton Academy show, with some very special guests joining them.
The Hybrid Minds juggernaut thunders on into 2022 with another incredible tour of New Zealand with the duo set to make some very special announcements for the rest of the year… watch this space!